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A Vampire's Tale
by Maya Tyler
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
The best laid plans…
Marisa Clements was never satisfied writing the ‘gossip column’ in the local paper so she quit her job to follow her dream of writing fiction. Floundering in an unforgiving industry, she wrote about vampires, a popular subject she considered fascinating but as real as unicorns, to pay the rent.
Corgan Halton was tired of human misconceptions about vampires. He planned on telling Marisa his story and end his existence. It was no coincidence Corgan selected Marisa to write his story. With the ability to see the future, he knew she would be a major part of it. He knew she would be the one to help him die, but in doing so, she’d be doomed to the same fate. Once they met, their futures would be irrevocably intertwined.
Corgan began caring for Marisa and finally revealed the truth to her. He admitted his quest to atone for his past sins had put her in grave danger from a nest of revenge-seeking vampires. Corgan must claim her for her own protection. But claiming her is not enough, he must ask for help from his wizard friends and his maker in order to destroy his enemy or Marisa will never be safe.
He didn't have a name yet, but he had a face. A dark, mysterious face with a century's worth of secrets. Secrets he would tell her, only her, if she would listen.
Marisa took a deep, calming breath. “I’m listening.” She closed her eyes, waiting. A cool breeze shifted her hair and her eyes popped open. The old floorboards creaked, and she spun her chair around. “Who's there?” The candle blew out. “What the—”
Time—and her heartbeat—stood still. Paranoia set in, the consequence of writing too many vampire stories. She must've left a window open. Or something. She re-lit the candle and turned her attention back to her laptop, staring at the last words she'd typed.
She didn't remember typing that.
“Corgan Halton.” She said the name slowly. “I like that.” She'd written a dozen vampire stories and this would be her best name yet. It had an old-worldly feel to it. Like a real name. She'd better look it up to make sure it wasn't a real name; she didn’t need a lawsuit. Did people sue for name infringement?
“Okay, Corgan Halton. Are you real?” She typed the name into a search engine.
“As real as you are.” The distinctive male voice resonated in the otherwise quiet room.
Marisa froze. She didn't dare turn around. It was her overactive imagination at play. There was no one there. She hoped. Maybe one of her friends? Is this a joke?
“Not a joke, Marisa.”
Gasping, she stood and spun around toward the sound of his voice.
As he stepped out of the shadows, she took in the man before her. Pale with black, curly hair, dressed in an impeccable suit. Dark and intimidating, he stood in her living room, shrinking the already small space.
Exactly as she’d imagined. She conjured him from her imagination? No… This is not happening.
Good morning Maya! Welcome to Fabulous and Brunette! We are thrilled to have you here and can’t wait to learn more about you and your new book, “A Vampire’s Tale.”
Thanks so much for having me! J
First off such a hot and intriguing book cover! Tell us how it came about.
It’s an amazing cover - I am so happy with it! The process started with a cover art information form. The form was an opportunity for me to have specific input into the design and to give the designer information about my book and its characters. I included details about their appearances, adding links to pictures of models who resembled the people I imagined; I described the various settings in the book; I gave examples of other covers I liked; and I noted things I explicitly did not want. The designer took all the information I provided and sent me some drafts for comment. The cover I picked, with some very minor tweaks, is the gripping cover you see today.
What 3-5 words would you use to describe your book?
Believe in the impossible.
What is your favorite chapter or section of the book?
There is a scene in chapter two when the hero Corgan saves the heroine Marisa from two men attempting to assault her. He comes to protect her and carries her off to safety. This scene is a favorite of mine. It begins with a tense, potentially volatile, situation and ends with a romantic rescue. Corgan literally sweeps Marisa off her feet.
Surrounded by the safety of his strong arms, she had complete faith in him. She leaned into his embrace and sighed.
“Do you trust me?” he asked.
He scooped her up in his arms and floated into the air. His black cape swirled around him as they rose higher. Then they soared over the city, high above the buildings.
“Wow. I had no idea.” As he flew through a wet cloud, she snuggled closer. “Don't drop me, okay?”
He chuckled, a deep and throaty sound, as if she amused him. “I'll try not to, little one.”
“Well, try hard, mister. I'm too pretty to fall from the sky and smash on the sidewalk.”
“Yes, it would be a shame to mar your pretty face.”
Returning below the clouds, he lowered them onto a curved, marble balcony.
I love the heart-stopping, breath-taking feeling I get when I imagine them flying over the city.
As this book has many vampire references, what kind of research did you do for this book?
Extensive. <<lol>> There are an amazing number of websites on vampires, wizards, and all things supernatural. It goes beyond fantasy; some sites take the subject matter very seriously.
My Vampire Creation: In developing my own version of a vampire, I selected the characteristics (from books, TV shows, and movies) which made the most logical, and consistent, sense to me and combined them, and others I found through Internet research, to create Corgan Halton.
Vampire Rituals and Relationships: Do vampires marry? Have children? Live with families? During the writing of my book, I asked these, and other, questions. I found answers and I incorporated them, and other figments of my imagination, into my story.
Other supernaturals: In my book, Corgan has a standing agreement with a circle of wizards. I knew nothing about wizards so more research was required. And, from the enormous amount of information out there, I essentially created my own version of a wizard as well.
Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.
The male model on the cover is handsome Vikkas Bhardwaj, check him out (and his other book covers) at http://www.vikkaszone.com.
Oh yes, I think many of us will be checking him out… I mean his link... Website!! lol!!
As an author, what is your favorite word you love to include in your books?
Okay, I’m guessing “was,” “wasn’t,” and “!” don’t count? <<lol>> I actually have two words I like to use… I like the phrase “play chicken.” For those of you unfamiliar with this term, it basically refers to the situation where two drivers head toward each other on a collision course and one driver must swerve or they take the risk that one or both may face injury or death. The driver who moves out of the way first is called a “chicken.”
He walked over and cupped her chin. His gaze bore through her eyes, but she wouldn't dream of looking away. If he wanted to play chicken, she was game.
I used this phrase in my first book Dream Hunter as well.
Do you write your books with a pen or type writer or computer?
Laptop. Or iPad. I can type faster and longer than I can write using a pen. I guess I’m out of practice with pen writing… it’s been a while since my days of taking “mad-scribblings” during a university lecture… and hoping I could read my writing later when it was time to study for the final exam.
For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I love the smell and feel of a “real” book, but I enjoy the convenience of an ebook. At any one time, I have about a dozen novels on my phone. Gone are the days of packing several, heavy books into your suitcase, although baggage weight was probably more lenient back then? I have a book or two or ten with me all the time.
What book(s) are you currently reading?
I’m in the middle of Lords Seldom Play Fair, a collection of historical romances.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
There are so many inspiring quotes to choose from… I feel encouraged by the lyrical quote from Confucius, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Never trying is the recipe for failure. Persistent trying is the recipe for success.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. It certainly isn’t the alarm clock app on my phone… although I recently changed my ring tone to Weezer’s “Island in the Sun” so at least I have an awesome song to sing along with…
Great answer! I always ask this question in all of my interviews. Times can get tough and it’s good to hear what inspires people to keep going… It could motivate a reader who is suffering from dark times to realize that everyone has bad days, but things like family and great music can help you push forward…
What is your favorite flavor of ice-cream?
I love ice cream, but I don’t have a favorite… I’m picturing myself in the line at the ice cream parlor, a block from the beach, that’s only open during summer. It’s a little shop where you enter through one door, view all the ice cream selections as you walk toward the cash register, and exit through the other door. I’m selecting strawberry cheesecake, two scoops in a cup – cones make me thirsty – and a “baby” cone, soft serve vanilla in a super small cone, for my shih tzu Buddy. My boys want vanilla and strawberry and my husband picks mint chocolate.
|Maya’s adorable dog, Buddy|
What is your favorite TV show?
If I had to pick one, it would be “Friends.” I have watched it from start to finish at least three times and I am in the process of watching it through again. I’m in Season Five now. Thank you, Netflix.
Fabulous choice! “Friends,” is definitely at the top of my list too! I own ALL 10 seasons on DVD and I can’t even guess how many times I’ve watched them… And they still make me laugh EVERY TIME!! LOL!!
What is your favorite movie?
The Princess Bride. I can recite every line and I often quote it. I still own the DVD. And I have the book and the movie soundtrack.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Princess Diana. I admired her greatly. From the romantic storybook wedding to a prince to her amazing humanitarian efforts. Her death was a tragedy, grieved by the entire world.
Great choice! I was a kid when she passed, but I saw the Lifetime movie. It seemed like she truly was quite incredible and generous! She was sadly taken away too soon!
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
If you have a story to tell, write it. Write it for yourself. If you want to be a writer, be a writer.
What's next for you? What are you working on now?
I have a sequel to A Vampire’s Tale and a prequel to my first book Dream Hunter in the works. I blog (fairly) regularly at Maya’s Musings http://mayatylerauthor.blogspot.ca and I keep my Events and Announcements page http://www.mayatylerauthor.com on my website current.
Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I love to hear from readers!
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Thank you so much for spending time with Fabulous and Brunette readers and sharing your exciting new book with us! We wish you all the best on your book tour!
Maya Tyler, wife and mother of two boys, writes paranormal romance with a twist. Her debut novella Dream Hunter was released in December 2014. Her second novel A Vampire’s Tale released on March 22, 2017. She’s a romantic and believes in happily-ever-after. Being an author is her lifelong dream. She enjoys reading, music (alternative rock, especially from the 90’s), yoga, movies and TV, and spending her free time writing and blogging at Maya’s Musings.
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